Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Rockies Today, April 3

Posted By on Wed, Apr 3, 2013 at 10:58 AM

Top news links, courtesy of Mountain West News.

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Groups put BNSF, coal companies on notice of Clean Water Act lawsuit
The Sierra Club, Puget Soundkeeper Alliance, Columbia Riverkeepr, Friends of Columbia Gorge and RE Sources for Sustainable Communities and other groups sent a notice of intent to sue to Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway, Arch Coal, Peabody Energy, Cloud Peak Energy, Ambre Energy and other coal companies over the loss of coal from railcars into Washington state waterways that the groups said violates the federal Clean Water Act.
Casper Star-Tribune; April 3

Spills in Utah, Arkansas raise conerns about safety of pipelines in U.S.
Opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline are using the recent spill of Canadian crude from an ExxonMobil pipeline in Arkansas and a diesel fuel spill from a Chevron pipeline in Utah to further their arguments against the pipeline, and the recent spills have also raised concerns about the federal government's oversight of the nation's pipeline system.
New York Times; April 3

Colorado officials: Spill near Parachute gas plant may be older than thought
The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission has been investigating a hydrocarbon leak near the Williams natural gas processing plant near Parachute for nearly a month, and now they believe that releases near the valve set and the recovery trench dug by Williams Midstream may have been occurring much longer than originally thought.
Aspen Times (Post Independent); April 3

Idaho Senate passes resolution demanding federal lands
A nonbinding resolution demanding that the federal government cede ownership of lands within Idaho's borders to the state has now passed both chambers of the Legislature.
Idaho Mountain Express (Sun Valley); April 3

Colorado congressman meets with commissioners on forest legislation
On Tuesday, Colorado U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton met with La Plata County commissioners to discuss his Healthy Forest Management Act, which would give states and counties a stronger voice in how federal lands are managed in certain areas.
Durango Herald; April 3

Universities, governor's office make pitch to bring drone testing to Utah
The Federal Aviation Administration is looking for six sites to test unmanned aircraft, and the Mountain West Unmanned Systems Alliance, a coalition of Utah universities and the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, has submitted a bid to be one of those sites.
Salt Lake Tribune; April 3

North Dakota requires cattle brought from Idaho to be tested for brucellosis
Concerns about brucellosis in herds from areas near Yellowstone National Park in Idaho drove North Dakota to require all cattle imported from Idaho to be tested for brucellosis.
Twin Falls Times-News (AP); April 3

Former Encana exec appointed to head new Alberta energy board
The new one-stop energy regulator in Alberta that begins work in June will be headed by Gerry Protti, a former Encana executive and former Alberta Energy assistant deputy minister.
Calgary Herald; April 3

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